After having children, my body's not sure what to think of me. As a result of the new lumps, bumps, and layers that weren't part of my pre-baby bod, I'm not entirely confident every hour of every day. I try, but I'm only human. However, with all the "adorable" things my kids have said about my stretch marks, how can I not love my perceived imperfections? They don't see flaws so much as they see their mom. That's all I am to them. Not lumps, or bumps, or layers. Just mom.
I wasn't always kind or accepting of my body pre-kids, either. Looking back on those insecure pre-baby times now, I'm angry with myself for not seeing the beauty reflected back at me when I looked at a mirror each day, poking and prodding at myself as I silently wished this or that would change. I've had stretch marks from weight fluctuations since childhood, but I was only embarrassed by them after pregnancy, when the color of my stripes deepened and they became more prevalent.
It's been years since I had my youngest, and I still find myself dressing to conceal instead of dressing to highlight my confidence. It's only when my kids adoringly point out things like my cellulite (calling it "crinkly") and my "flabby" underarms, do I take a step back to look at my body from a different perspective. Here are some adorable (albeit, frank) things my kids have said about my stretch marks. There's honestly nothing like seeing yourself through the eyes of your children.